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I am trying to understand this OpenELEC software that is supposedly a straight boot to XBMC. It seems to install only the drivers you need, and no extra software, saving you tens of GB's of installation for your OS.

Do any of you use it for an HTPC? I'm not sure it will have the flexibility I would want as my main theatre HTPC, but I was thinking it would be something quick and simple to put on laptops or cheap desktops for other rooms of the house.

Because it will have XBMC, will it be able to stream media files off a server elsewhere on the network?

Any other issues I could run into while trying this?
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Originally Posted by HunterX82 View Post

I am trying to understand this OpenELEC software that is supposedly a straight boot to XBMC. It seems to install only the drivers you need, and no extra software, saving you tens of GB's of installation for your OS.

Do any of you use it for an HTPC? I'm not sure it will have the flexibility I would want as my main theatre HTPC, but I was thinking it would be something quick and simple to put on laptops or cheap desktops for other rooms of the house.

Because it will have XBMC, will it be able to stream media files off a server elsewhere on the network?

Any other issues I could run into while trying this?

I have tried it and it is very interesting. You can install it on a USB stick (obviously slower than a hard drive) and boot from that, so you can literally take your system with you in your pocket (although you'd have to change drivers, settings and folders for media etc if attaching it to a new machine).

I was in a hurry so haven't explored all the capabilities but you can install linux drivers and add-ons like a standard linux box.
I think this is possibly the most exciting HTPC development project I have seen in years and will avidly be watching its progress.

I am simply waiting for TV server functionality to be integrated and I may move across. TV functionality can be added but currently its not quite as intuitive as I would like.

I suggest you try and install on a USB stick, boot from that and give the functionality a whirl before making any decisions.
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OpenELEC is the way to go for XBMC. I was previously using XBMC from within Win 7 but had so many issues cause by things going on the background with Windows. OpenELEC is like the computer is now a dedicated XBMC device. No more windows 7 issues. If all you need to do is run XBMC 24/7 then OpenELEC is for you.
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Nice thread resurection! eek.gif

I tried it several months back running a barebones AMD E350 and a usb stick. I couldn't get it working the way I wanted it to, the install didn't work out well, and after if finally started running I couldn't get it to play anything over my network. But honestly that was my very first stab at anything other than Win7 MC. I should probably try it again, as I am now successfully running XBMCunto on the same system. This is an extender, secondary to my main HTPC, so it has the potential to be the perfect little OS.
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